• philM
    Over the years, it is recurring on Ferrari that the leather in the cabin relaxes in places, especially at the passenger airbag. The first solution is to take the time to find the right specialist to make an appointment, to deposit your Ferrari then pick her up. And good work is not cheap. Can't you do it yourself, quicker and cheaper? PhilM offers, through its tutorial to tighten the leather airbag his Ferrari 575M, to discover the steps to have the pleasure to do it by yourself on your Ferrari.
     
    Your Ferrari leather will tend to relax especially if you leave it in the sun or if you live in the south of France. This is indeed the heat which causes the leather to shrink and the glue is no longer working. You can regularly observe this phenomenon in the interiors of Ferrari F355, Ferrari 456 or Ferrari 550 Maranello, for example. To prevent this problem at most, you have to regularly maintain your leather by cleaning and nourishing it. When the damage is done, this is what it may look like before action:
     

     
    Step 1: activate the circuit breaker to disable the airbag
     
    I advise you to inquire beforehand about the handling of airbags, there are precautions to take and everything you do will be at your own risk. For starters, think about opening the passenger door.
    You can then operate the circuit breaker (circled in red in the picture). Because obviously if you do it before opening the door, the window remains in high position ...
     

     
    Step 2: Remove the door of the glove
     
    Open the glove box and remove the screw 1 (circled in red on the photo) with Allen key 6 sections of 3 mm. Attention, the mechanism that holds the door of the glove box has a strong spring.
     

     
    Then remove the screw 2 (green arrow in the photo) with a Phillips screwdriver. I stuck the handle with a 2nd screwdriver to help me (especially practical at reassembly). Then you can release the lever completely.
     

     
    It is not necessary to completely remove the door of the glove, but it is not difficult and it simplifies things. You have to remove 4 screws (always 3 mm Allen key). In the photo you can see a screwdriver (green arrow) in the screw hole that holds the lever. It was just to help me for holes centering during reassembly. Besides, if you can have an Allen wrench with a handle like a screwdriver it will be much more convenient than a "L" key.
     

     
    then remove the door of the metal amount sandwiched inside.
     

     
    To remove the glove box, you have to remove 6 Phillips screws: 4 black on the upper part (circled in green) and 2 from below, metallic (circled in red).
     

     
    You also have a screw to loose that is just beneath the bottom. In the photo, she is pointed in red, but the plastic tab of the box is not inserted (photo taken during reassembly).
     

     
    You can then carefully remove the glove box. There are 3 wires to disconnect: the 2 connectors of the bulb, you just have to pull over,
     

     
    And a third connector that clips:
     

     
    Step 3: Remove the passenger airbag
     
    I don't have any photos of nuts holding the airbag unit in place, as they are not very visible. There are four, they are 10mm nuts. The easiest way to remove them is a small wrench 1/4 10mm socket with an extension for the upper left that is the most difficult to access (socket wrench surrounded in blue in the picture)
     

     
    Once the 4 screws are removed, you can remove the airbag block, knowing that it is still plugged in and the connector must be removed from the bracket before being unclipped.
    Here is the airbag block removed with the back on the stems which come to put the bolts that hold the block in place:
     

     
    Step 4: take off the leather
     
    I decided not to remove all the leather of the airbag, but only the part that is taking already off. For this I used a refined plastic spatula which does not damage the leather (well, this is a dog-headed tongue depressor but it does the trick ).
     

     
    To prevent debris, or anything else, to fit into the airbag, I wrapped in plastic film and masking adhesive.
     

     
    Step 5: sand and glue the leather
     
    I didn't do photo of the work that followed, but it is largely the longest and the most painful. It is necessary to remove the entire residual glue on the leather and plastic. There is a sub-layer of foam on the front that I have not touched. I then finely sanded surfaces (leather and plastic rim without foam).
     
    Then I tried to replace the leather when cold but it was impossible to get a satisfactory result. With a steam iron, I planned to steam on the leather and have stretched it with small pliers (homemade) put on the plastic rim. I did it a little every day for about a week to get a result that suited me.
     
    To glue it, I used a bomb with contact glue for the large surfaces and a liquid glue tube for the corners. You reassemble everything, following the above steps in reverse, and here's the end result:
     

     
    Do you have questions regarding additional details about this operation? Do you have the leather of your Ferrari that shrinks? What model of Ferrari and where? Do you fix it yourself? If you have already done, what additional advice would you give?
     
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    Franck
    Retromobile is one of the finest exhibitions of old vehicles in the world. This is a good opportunity every year to admire beautiful cars and especially beautiful classic Ferrari. What were the most outstanding Ferrari in this 2016 Retromobile edition? Here is a review to discover the Ferrari that should not be missed.
     
    Visiting Retromobile is every year the opportunity to meet other members of TheFerrarista. It is also an opportunity to discuss with the organizers of the various events that will punctuate the coming year and to see the recognized industry professionals. The Ferrari world is relatively small.
     
    It is also an excellent opportunity to admire rare Ferrari. Here is the most remarkable Ferrari that this 2016 edition offered over the aisles. You will not find here the Ferrari that were sold in the auction rooms, which were widely publicized, such as the Ferrari 335 S that sold for 32 million euros.
     
    Here are, rather in order of personal preference, the 21 Ferrari that you should not miss in Retromobile, or an up session if you did not get there this year.
     
    1. Ferrari 250 Cabriolet Pininfarina serie 2 : produced at 200 units between 1959 and 1962

     
    Another copy after restoration at Ferrari Classiche :

     

     

     
    2. Ferrari 365 California (1966) : only 14 units produced (one per month):

     

     
    3. Ferrari 340 America :

     
    4. Ferrari 512 BB Competizione : 4 units produced in 1978 before the 512 BB LM

     

     
    5. Ferrari F40 LM (1993) : #18 of 19 produced by Michelotto (between 850 and 900 hp)

     

     
    6. Ferrari 250 GT SWB (1962) : 165 units built (90 Strada + 75 Competizione), thank you Georges for the information!)

     

     
    Another copy restored by Ferrari Classiche in 2010 (93 steel copies produced)

     
    7. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder : the last of the 123 copies, produced in Oro Chiaro

     
    8. Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder (1961) :

     
    9. Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France (1959) : serie 4, with 42 265 kilometers

     

     
    10. Ferrari 275 GTS : ex-Raquel Welch on the booth of Touring Superleggera who restored it. Chassis #7359 in blue Caracalla.
     
    Another copy on the MMC Stand: chassis #8015 from 1965

     
    11. Ferrari 250 GT Coupé :

     
    12. Ferrari 250 Europa chassis court : chassis #0297EU, 2 units, 1953

     
    13. Ferrari 288 GTO : the asking price for this copy (# 52475), with very few kilometers, was 2.25 million

     

     
    15. Ferrari 250 GT Lusso :

     
    Another almost identical copy

     
    16. Ferrari 312 : Formula 1 from 1966 to 1969, here the chassis #007 from 1967

     
    17. Ferrari 512 S :

     
    18. Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale : chassis # 0161EL, that finished second in the Panamericana 1951 with Ascari and Villoresi at the wheel.

     
    19. Ferrari 250 S : chassis #0156ET

     
    and a Ferrari 225 S, chassis # 0152EL (Aureil Thanks for the info!)

     
    20. Ferrari 512 BB :

     
    21. Dino 246 GT orange

     
    Finally, a video of some pictures I took there, to see the Ferrari, and other marquees, in dynamic:
     
     
    Which of these is your favorite Ferrari? In which order ? Were you at Retromobile for this 2016 edition? Are there any other Ferrari present at Rétromobile you would put on this list? Do you have more informations on those presented here?
     
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    matmatlr
    The Ferrari 348 appeared in the late 80s, after the death of Enzo Ferrari, amid infighting for his succession. Sometimes considered unloved, the Honda NSX having wronged it after its release, it brought joy to its owners. They love its little Testarossa look and its unassisted steering feel (last Ferrari without power steering or controlled suspension).
     
    What should you know about the Ferrari 348 before buying one? The best is to request the return of experience of an owner. Matmatlr is a member of Ferrarista.club who has the pleasure of driving his Ferrari 348 for a while.
     
    Franck : Hello Matmatlr, what is, quickly, your automotive journey and why did you choose the Ferrari 348?

    Matmatlr : Hello Franck, my passion for sports cars goes back to childhood and I have always had a weakness for Italian cars, their design, sportiness and faults that make you love them so much. After my studies, and when I thought to acquire my first car, I went abroad for work where I could not drive. So I waited for six long years and my return to Paris. I took the opportunity to splurge on a Porsche 911 3.2.

    I continued to watch the Ferrari 348 for their look and their old behavior! I also watched the Ferrari F355 but I thought their lines were too angular. I grew up with the lines of the Ferrari Testarossa and thus the Ferrari 348 was required!

    Franck : What were your criteria for buying a Ferrari 348 and how did you get this copy ?

    Matmatlr : The criteria were many: I wanted a Ferrari 348 TS, rosso corsa, black seats and red carpets. Of course with books and invoices and in very good state! I followed the market for a while when I found my happiness with a Ferrari dealership. No luck when I called, it had just been sold to Jean Marc (Roadking).
     
    By the time he presented himself on the forum,I told him to think of me if one day he wanted to part. This happened about six months later. I have been to see the car and have confirmed the purchase on the day of my 30 years.
     


    Franck : Immediately after purchase, what did impress you the most about your Ferrari 348?

    Matmatlr : Many things surprised me compared to the 911 that I had to sell. Firstly, the indescribable aura of the Ferrari 348 from other motorists. I lost count of the Thumbs Up and friendly signs!

    On the driving part, everything is faster, the chassis is excellent, it turns flat, the steering is very precise and center of gravity is very low. Of course revving is accompanied by the V8 symphony and have nothing to do with those of the Flat 6, reminiscent of a tractor engine.

    The Ferrari 348 is an excellent antidepressant. We forget everything at its wheel!

    Franck :  Looking back, what are the good points of your copy of the Ferrari 348 and have you encoutered any problems or defects?

    Matmatlr : I must say that I have not encountered any problems since I am its owner. This copy was well maintained, with due bills, nt, it does not fail me once! No special fault except some false electrical contacts in the cabin but nothing too bad for a grandma who has more than 20 years.

    No fault in my opinion on this model, some drawbacks which are an integral part of the charm of the car (pedal shifts, low visibility, hard steering ...) but I have taken the car knowing it and all these little things make me love it even more!
     

     
    Franck : Can you tell us about the costs involved for a normal use of the Ferrari 348?

    Matmatlr : It takes about € 800 for an annual service by a specialized independent. The major revision is to be carried out every four years and costs between 4500 and 6000 euros depending on what you want to change. It's the opportunity to repair the water pump and, as the engine is out, we replace what needs to be replaced

    Consumable prices are very reasonable for a sports car. The tires are however a little more complicated to find but no problem if you search a little in advance.

    For these two years with it, my feedback does not really reflect what it would have cost me because, being quite picky, I changed a lot of things during the first year (repair of interior plastics, refurbishment of interior leather, back to the original configuration, work impacts, catalyst replacement by TubiStyle tubes, new relays for window motors, etc.)

    All these points were absolutely not mandatory therefore to be considered as optional costs. For now, if we only consider the "mandatory" costs, it's € 1,600 for 2 years. Everything added, I spent € 13.000 for a vehicle in exceptional condition.
     
    Franck :  What advice would you give to someone wanting to buy a Ferrari 348?

    Matmatlr : First, to hurry because the fine examples are becoming increasingly rare! Then look for a car well attended by a specialist, with its bills. Please do not focus on the mileage that is secondary in my view. And do not hesitate to be accompanied by an expert so as not to miss out certain defects.
     
    Do not neglect the future maintenance as these are models which deserve special attention given their age. But do not listen to everything you hear about the reliability of Ferrari, which is absolutely not justified!
     

     
    A big THANK YOU to Matmatlr for sharing all this information! Do you have any further questions on the Ferrari 348? In this case, leave a comment, and also if you have a Ferrari 348 and want to add some precision.
     
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